Mighty Mushroom Mac & Cheese

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Step 1.

Quarter your mushrooms. Add to a pan with a splash of olive oil. Fry until brown.

Step 2.

Add sliced garlic cloves and a handful of sliced thyme leaves. Squeeze a few drops of lemon juice in. Mix everything together. Once the garlic begins to go brown, remove everything from the pan and set aside.

Step 3.

Add 5 tablespoons of olive oil and plain flour to the pan. Whisk it together. Start adding your whole milk, bit by bit, whisking it in. Keep adding milk until you have a smooth white sauce.

Step 4.

Get your macaroni cooking.

Step 5.

At this point, crumble in the mozzarella and add taleggio to the pan. Stir it in until it melts and you have a smooth white sauce.

Step 6.

Re-add your mushrooms and a large handful of parsley. Mix it in.

Step 7.

Drain your cooked macaroni and add to the sauce. Mix it in. Season with salt and pepper and add a big squeeze of lemon juice. Smooth out the top of the mac and cheese. Add your remaining taleggio.

Step 8.

Place under the grill until the taleggio is golden and bubbling.

Step 9.

Remove from the oven, serve it up, scatter over some more chopped parsley and enjoy!

Take it slow when making the white sauce - it's worth it in the end.

Bunch of Parsley
Bunch of Thyme
300g Chestnut Mushrooms
500g Macaroni
300g Mozzarella
150g Taleggio
2 Cloves of Garlic
1 Pint Whole Milk
1 Lemon
3 Tbsp Plain Flour
Olive Oil